The cult of Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte is dark and picturesque, relatively recent in the history of Catholicism. However, it has roots in the traditions of the Aztec people and the ancient pre-Colombian religions. Let’s take a look at what is and how does the Santa Muerte work.
In fact, it is only from the 2000s that we begin to speak massively about Santa Muerte, often sharing it with the murky world of crime and drug trafficking.
Yet, to date, there are more than 10 million followers of this cult, not to mention all the people who turn to Holy Death only occasionally or in special cases.
It has also spread from Mexico to many other areas of Latin America and the United States.
By mixing Catholicism with some pagan elements, the cult of Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte has carried out the same syncretism operation that we can find, for example, in Haitian Voodoo and the Caribbean and Cuban Santeria.
The old gods (Aztec for Santa Muerte and African for Voodoo) are given Christian attributes, coming to consider them holy and to worship them in ceremonies of obvious Catholic inspiration.
How did it all begin?
The Mexican Muerte, before becoming Santa, and acquiring an iconography similar to the Madonna, was, in fact, most likely worshiped under the name of Mictēcacihuātl.
Mictēcacihuātl was the Aztec deity who reigned over the underworld.
Queen of Mictlan, the hell of the Aztecs, ruled over the souls of the dead and was particularly celebrated on some days dedicated to her.
The classic iconography of the Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte usually wants to be represented as a skeleton dressed in ancient or medieval female clothes, according to the canonical Catholic depictions of the Madonna and saints.
This is obviously a clear allusion to its power of life and death about human existence, as well as a reference to the inevitable passage of time.
Finally, the color of Santa Muerte’s robes can vary from black to red, from green to yellow, and so on.
Each color represents a different power combined with the Saint:
- help in love affairs,
- luck when it comes to work and money,
- protection from enemies or diseases and protection against black magic.
The exceptionally jealous and capricious entity, Santa Muerte, is never invoked lightly.
Summoning her without a valid reason, or without the right determination, can lead to repercussions and punishments.
Given the nature of the Saint, the maximum punishment is obviously death, which can affect both the offender and a faultless relative.
It was precisely this intrinsically violent nature that brought numerous drug traffickers closer to his cult.
Even today, the Mexican government is reluctant to accept the ceremonies related to Santa Muerte, precisely because it tends to mistakenly approach them to the world of crime.
How does the Santa Muerte work?
Here’s a note – every ritual or spell with the Santa Muerte must be performed at night, or just before it gets dark since it is the right time for the Santa Muerte to come with all its energy.
Another important fact is that you have to be grateful, whether Santa Muerte has done what you had asked for or if she hasn’t done it, since what you are asking for is not always what is convenient for you, or something you really need.
Working with the Santa Muerte
Here are two easy magickal rituals asking Santa Muerte for some help.
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Money ritual with the Santa Muerte
This ritual is used to attract the money you need to overcome debts or even to get a raise.
Things you need
- A yellow candle
- Three dollars (or any other currency you have) coins
- Seven metal stones (it is ideal to attract abundance, money and prosperity)
- Cinnamon powder
How it’s done
Spread honey on the candle.
Do it with your own hands, and then sprinkle it with cinnamon.
Place the triangle-shaped coins around it.
Now light the candle with a wooden match, and in front, you place the stone that you will use as an amulet later.
It is time to recite the following sentence:
“Glorious Santa Muerte, love of my heart, do not forsake me in this moment in which I most need protection and your blessing.
You who are always hovering around the world, you who are the guide.
You are the one who will help us to cross the wonderful world.
Thanks, I give you for bringing what I need most at this time”
Love ritual with Santa Muerte
You only need to light a red candle of Santa Muerte and pray for three days in a row.
You must light the candle every day. You can also switch it with a white one.
Here’s a prayer:
“Love has knocked on my door dear and most holy death, but it has behaved capriciously with me.
I feel sorry because I love and I am not reciprocated.
The pain of helplessness seizes me when I know that I don’t have the solution to my problem in my hands.
I beg you with sadness so that you hear my prayer, feel how my being throbs when I speak to you and beg my beloved girl.
The person I love is an impossible love, but I want the miracle of having it with me, that it is possible.
That is why I come to you, you are miraculous and kind.
I want and wish that (mention the name of your impossible love) correspond to your love, as I love him.
I will be grateful to you and with (name of the beloved person) a faithful believer of your creed.
I will beg you for the time necessary for my wish to be fulfilled, while I will prove my loyalty offered for your grace (mention what your offering will be) for (mention a term). So be it.”
What do you think of Santa Muerte? Let me know in the comments!